5 Smart Ways To Improve Your Writing Skills
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Blogging is all about writing, for the content you create is going to be read by thousands of readers worldwide and no matter what anyone says, even the first few lines of your post can make or break the deal for you. If your writing is weak and full of errors, then you would never be able to build that connection with your readers.
I have seen a number of bloggers who claim to own successful blogs but it’s only when you go through some of their posts that you get to know how limited their writing skills are. Trust me, you do not want to be in that position, so you should make it a point to keep improving your writing skills on a regular basis. Using these simple yet effective tips, you can improve your writing significantly which will help you not just in the near term but for years to come:
1. Get Rid of Grammatical Mistakes
If you plan to become a better writer, then you need to avoid making any grammatical mistakes, for it can ruin your credibility as a writer. When you are not sure if a particular phrase can be used or not, then it’s better to avoid using it altogether, instead of repenting later on when your readers comment about your mistakes.
If you are having trouble getting to terms with grammatical rules, then you need to work on your grammar by going through various websites that give free english lessons. You could even refer to the grammar books which you were assigned in school but you never bothered about them. Remember, don’t forget to proofread your blog posts.
2. Learn Some Idioms
Many a times, it so happens that we aren’t able to recall the right word which we need to use in a particular sentence. Not only does this happen to amateur writers but also to seasoned writers who write for a living.
If you know a few idioms, then they can come in handy at such times and bail you out of trouble. Again internet is the best resource for learning them but you shouldn’t go overboard in trying to learn too many of them, or you’ll most probably forget them when you need to use them somewhere!
3. Know Synonyms for Different Words
You will be in a much better position to write non-repetitive and interesting posts once you know the synonyms for a variety of words which are used on a daily basis. Nearly every word has various variations which you can then use while writing.
This especially comes handy when you’ve used a particular word a couple of times already but need to use it again. If you know the synonym for that word, you can easily replace that word with its synonym, instead of using the same word again and again.
4. Break Down Your Points
Many amateur writers make the mistake of writing long paragraphs which make their writing seem dull and uninteresting. On the other hand, breaking down your points and then elaborating on them one by one will make it easy for the reader to read your post and your writing will appear crisper & much more interesting.
Even if you don’t have a lot of points to discuss, you can break your main point into three-four paragraphs instead of congesting all your sentences in one single paragraph.
5. Edit Your Post
Last but not the least, you should make it a habit to read what you’ve written. This serves dual purpose – first, you’ll be able to know if you’ve made a mistake somewhere and secondly when you read as a reader, you can assess your post better to see if the flow of ideas is correct and the points make sense. Then you can edit it and fine-tune it to make it more engaging & useful for your readers.
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